PALANGA - Discover secrets in THE BALTIC
Are you just thinking about your next summer vacations for you or your family? You might be looking for clean air, peaceful locations but also excellent food and stylish fun?
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If you would ask a hundred people the same question – what is Palanga like – most likely you would hear hundred different answers. And this is not surprising at all – everyone will be able to find interesting activities and leisure opportunities in the largest resort of Lithuania regardless of their age or interests.
It is hard to imagine Palanga without the Baltic Sea and symbol Sea Pier, a place attracting everyone. A lot of Lithuanian legends are related to the sea. From generation to generation, by the cradle, mothers would narrate their children about the love of the sea goddess Jurate for the fisherman Kastytis, about the enchanted prince of the sea Zilvinas and Egle, a fisherman’s daughter, about the giants Naglis and Neringa or priestess Birute, the wife of Grand Duke Kestutis.
If you’re looking for a diverse new travel destination, Palanga has a lot to offer, including azure skies, one of the longest sea piers in Northern Europe, and a 23 km strip of soft sandy coastline, including quiet, unoccupied spots on the Blue Flag beach. Palanga – open year-round international resort in Lithuania with well-developed health, sports and recreation facilities, an active cultural life. Inthe end of the 19thcentury Palanga was ruled by Counts Tiskeviciai who invest a lot into resort infrastructure
Fotos: Palanga tourism information center
You can approach comfortably by plane. Palanga International Airport offers 10 destinations and only 7 km to the city center. Regular routes – Copenhagen (SAS), London (Ryanair, Wizzair), Oslo (Norwegian Air Shuttle), Riga (airBaltic) and seasonal routes Glasgow (Ryanair), Kiev (Ukraine International Airlines), Minsk (Belavia), Moscow (Rusline), St. Petersburg (Rusline), Warsaw (Poland). For tourists from Vilnius or Kaunas you can reach Palanga by bus or by train (Kretinga train station – 12 km, Klaipeda train station – 25 km).
Many of the activities in Palanga like the unique Amber Museum with an enticing collection of amber nuggets containing insects and other organisms preserved over millions of years. In the 19thcentury the newly renovated museum was a palace belonging to the family of the Counts of Tiskeviciai, considered the founders of Palanga. The royals are also credited for having planted one of the most beautiful parks in Northern Europe, designed in 1897 by the celebrity French landscaper Eduard Fransua Andre, which now soothes all looking for shade on a scorching summer day and embraces one with fabulous tranquility throughout year.
Fun seekers and foodies will certainly be fascinated with Palanga’s bustling Jonas Basanavicius Street, dotted with numerous cafés, restaurants and nightclubs.
Meanwhile, families with children can head to some of the Baltic’s biggest amusement parks, all close to the sea and the tranquility of a nearby pine tree grove. Palanga has so much more to offer than that. Come not only for the beach, sun and fun of summer, but also the serenity of the off-season, when the award-winning SPA facilities in the resort’s five-star hotels will warm your body and soul in the colder months – as well as offer significant discounts. The resort is also known for its traditional Smelt Festival, held in mid-February, which attracts not only local cooks of this fish delicacy, but also numerous artisans and craftsmen.